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					                         ST. FRANCIS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

                                GRADE TWO CURRICULUM

Literary Awareness
Seeks and derives meaning from printed material
Begins to select appropriate books for independent reading
Distinguishes between a variety of genres
Reads voluntarily for interest and own purposes for extended periods
Reads aloud and silently with accuracy, fluency and expression that shows understanding
Concepts of Print
Attends to punctuation during reading
Uses features of a book and other materials such as index

Phonological Awareness
• Applies phonological awareness:
Recognizes the number of syllables in a spoken word
Rhymes spoken words
Identifies spoken words with similar initial sounds
Identifies spoken words with similar ending sounds
Blends presented phonemes into a correct spoken word

Letter-Sound Recognition
• Recognizes sound-symbol correspondence including:
Consonant blends
Consonant digraphs
Vowel combinations
 “r” controlled vowels
• Recognizes very common prefixes and suffixes that occur in second grade text (e.g. -ful,
-ness, dis-, in-)
• Uses strategies for syllabication as an aide to decoding:
Looking for compounds
Dividing between two consonants
Looking for known prefixes and suffixes

Word Recognition and Vocabulary
• Recognizes and uses words with similar linguistic patterns (e.g. word families)
• Reads:
Compound words
Words with common inflectional endings (e.g. -s, -es, -ed, -ing)
• Begins to distinguish between common homophones (e.g. fair/fare or maid/made) and
homographs (e.g. a lead weight vs. to lead the way)

• Retells text orally, in pictures, or in writing, including events in sequence, key facts,
important details and characters or topics
• Begins to summarize text including events in sequence and key facts
Uses strategies that readers employ to derive meaning from text
• Demonstrates understanding of story structure and elements such as:
• Begins to identify feelings, actions, attitudes and motive of characters
• Begins to identify underlying theme or message of fiction text
• Begins to identify main idea and supporting details of non-fiction text
• Begins to identify paragraph structure including main idea and supporting details
• Makes, and can explain, connections between a text and outside experiences and

Initiates ideas for writing and has a repertoire for generating ideas
Clearly expresses self orally, through pictures and through writing
Writes for different purposes and to a specific audience, and produces a variety of
compositions (e.g. stories, short reports, letters)
 Writes in complete and fluent sentences
 Demonstrates some organization and/or sequencing in written work
 Begins to write a narrative piece with characters, setting, events and closing
 Identifies and begins to use transition links


Specific lessons are taught with the understanding that not all students will be ready to master
without continued practice and support.
• Sentences: -What is a sentence?
• Parts of Speech
Noun (singular/plural, common/proper)
• Punctuation:
Capital in the salutation and closing of a letter
Comma in a date, in a series, between the names of a town and state, and in a letter
(salutation and closing)
• Dictionary Skills
Alphabetical order
• Punctuation:
 End punctuation (period, question mark)
Capital at the beginning of a sentence, for proper nouns (especially names of people and
groups), for the pronoun “I”, and for the names of days, months, holidays
• Represents all sounds in a word when spelling independently
• Spells correctly words involving previously studied generalizations and word patterns
• Learns the following spelling conventions:
Words ending in silent e, drop the e when adding a suffix or ending beginning with a vowel
and keep the e when adding a suffix or ending beginning with a consonant. (-ing, -ed only;
bake, baked, baking)
 When a root word ends in y preceded by a consonant, the y is changed to i in adding suffixes
and endings unless the ending or suffix begins with i. (-ing, -ed, -s, -er; cry, crying, cried,
cries, crier)
When a root word ends in y preceded by a vowel, the root word is not changed when adding
suffixes or endings. (play – playful, monkey – monkeys)
 When a one-syllable word ends in a consonant with one vowel before it, the consonant is
doubled before adding a suffix or ending beginning with a vowel. (-ing, -ed; ship, shipping,
shipped, shipment)
When adding s to words to form plurals or to change the tense of verbs, es must be added to
words ending with the hissing sounds (x, s, sh, ch; glass – glasses, watch – watches)

• Uses manuscript handwriting with a satisfactory grip.

Numerical and Proportional Reasoning
• Place Value
Recognize place value up to hundreds place
Order, Magnitude and Rounding of Numbers
identify and place points on a number line
• Addition and Subtraction
Master addition and subtraction facts 0-20
Use subtraction as the inverse of addition to check problems
• Multiplication
Group and count by 2's, 5's, 10's using numbers
Introduce concept of multiplication using concrete materials
• Money
Identify correct amounts of money for purchases
• Computations with Fractions
Use concrete and pictorial experiences to build fractional parts: half, third, quarter
• Solve Word Problems
Solve simple one and two step word problems using whole number operations (+ and -)

Geometry and Measurement
• Time tools, and technology
Name "next day", "day before” , the months in sequential order
Use calendar to count days in a week and days in a months
Use calendar to find dates or holidays
Use the calendar to solve simple word problems relating to days, weeks, months
Read time to hour, half-hour, quarter hour
Read a digital clock & relate its function to an analogue clock
• Metric measures
•Geometric shapes and properties
Visualize, draw, and compare shapes and recognize symmetry

Working with Data; Probability and Statistics
• Tables, Graphs and Charts
Make and read simple bar graphs and pictographs from collected data
• Probability
Explore concepts of chance as they relate to everyday experiences and game situations

Algebraic Reasoning; Patterns and Functions
• Patterns
Identify patterns on a number grid
Recognize & create patterns by the attributes of colour, size, shape, direction & number
• Algebraic Concepts
Add three 1-digit numbers in different ways
Introduce the concept of number (e.g. ordinal numbers, equality and inequality of numbers)
Understand odd and even


Life Science

• Grouping animals
Mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, mollusks and amphibians
• Growing plants
Seed formation, seed scattering, plant growth and seasons
• Living things of long ago
Dinosaurs, endangered and extinct animals

The Human Body

• How your body works
Body parts, moving the body and exercise
• Keeping your body safe
Safety at home, at play, while travelling and while alone

Physical Science

• Learning about matter
Matter, changes in matter and measuring

Community, Mine and Others

• Second grade social studies extends the concept of group beyond the boundaries of the
family unit to include a broader definition of community.
Needs and wants
Goods, services and jobs
Suburbs, cities and villages

Map Skills

• Map and Globe Orientation
Ability to understand the differences between maps, globes and use a compass rose.

• Direction
Ability to orient maps and globes
Learn the four cardinal directions (N, S, E, W)
Locate north and south on a globe and world map
Use the four cardinal directions to identify places on a map
Show that the equator divides the earth into a northern and southern hemisphere by using a
world map or globe
Recognize a compass rose
• Location
Ability to locate major natural features in the world
Locate islands on a map or globe
• Symbols
Ability to correctly interpret dots, lines, lettering and colour on maps, globes and legends
Recognize that a symbol may be a drawing, a colour, or a pattern
Understand that map symbols make it easier to present information
Identify the legend on various maps
Understand that not all symbols look like what they represent
Recognize natural and political boundaries

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